Even critics believe this Oscar-nominated film will steal the show

And it would make feminist history

Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND.
(Image credit: Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures)

This year's Oscar-nominated films have proven to be a tight race, but critics all seem to agree this one film will sweep the show (and make history while doing so).

As we wait for our favorite stars to take to the stage to present the winners of each category. Let's take a moment to look at Nomadland, which has been labeled as a "clear front-runner" from various outlets and critics. 

The film captivated audiences with its honest look at the struggles and joys that nomads endure. Oscar-nominated actress Frances McDormand takes on the role of the fictional character Fern. After becoming jobless from the Global Recession, Fern decides to drive through the American West, living as a modern-day nomad.

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Along with being nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, best actress, best director, best-adapted screenplay, best cinematography, and best film editing, the movie has garnered much attention for the streak of awards its won on the road to the Oscars. To start, in September, the movie won the Golden Lion during its premiere in Venice. From there, it took home Golden Globes for best director and best drama. Chloe Zhao, the director of the movie, also made history as only the second woman ever, and first of Asian descent, to win in the category of best director and was the first woman to receive a Globe for best drama.

If predictions are correct and Chloe goes on to win big at the Oscars, Nomadland will not only become the first woman of color to win in the category, but also the second woman to win in the category – ever!

With the big night coming up, before we sit down and watch the Oscars, take a moment to channel your inner girl power and check out some of the most empowering past female acceptance speeches. Then, settle in and be sure to binge-watch all the Oscar-nominated films so you can properly root for your favorite.

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.